ESC EUROPEAN SEISMOLOGICAL COMMISSION

ESC EUROPEAN SEISMOLOGICAL COMMISSION

Postby salsinawi » Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:21 am

http://www.esc.bgs.ac.uk/esc.html

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The ESC is a commission of IASPEI, which is associated to IUGG and its aim is to promote seismological studies and projects in Europe, countries bordering the Mediterranean and immediate neighbours; an area from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge to the Urals and the Arctic ocean to northern Africa.
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Aims of the ESC

The ESC mission is to promote the science of Seismology within the scientific community of the European and Mediterranean countries (encompassing the area from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge to the Ural Mountains and from the Arctic Ocean to northern Africa), by promoting research studies, to extend and enhance scientific co-operation and to train young scientists.

The following objectives are of particular interest:

a) Facilitate exchange of ideas and personal meetings between scientists by means of the General Assembly of the ESC, workshops and seminars on special topics, and discussion forums on emerging issues.

b) Encourage co-operation between individuals and organisations by establishing Working Groups (WGs) on seismological problems of common international interest, with emphasis on new research topics.

c) Promote inter-disciplinary studies involving Seismology.

d) Encourage co-operation with other European and non-European scientific and engineering communities.

e) Organise, and encourage others to organise training courses in Earthquake and Engineering Seismology, especially for young scientists.

f) Operate within the bylaws, regulations and recommendations of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth´s Interior (IASPEI).

Member States

The countries which are members of the ESC are shaded green. Each country has a Titular member who is responsible for voting, writing national reports and disseminating ESC information. Click on the map to reveal the titular member for that country. The ESC was formally established in 1952 but there was a long history of European collaboration dating back to the beginning of the century.

The ESC Structure

The new ESC structure, created in Geneva in September 2006, is made up of, the Council (it ruling body), the Executive Committee, Resolution and Nominating committees, and Working Groups which have defined tasks and are set up with the purpose of studying particular scientific problems. The ESC is governed according to bylaws, which were amended and adopted in Geneva in 2006. Following these amendments to the bylaws, the Working Groups are covered by Transitory Rules (until the ESC Executive meeting at Perugia in July 2007) in order to provide a smooth transition to the new structure. The old ESC structure which operated with a separate ESC Bureau and seven subcommissions is included here for information.

The new ESC structure, created in Geneva in September 2006, is made up of, the Council (it ruling body), the Executive Committee, Resolution and Nominating committees, and Working Groups which have defined tasks and are set up with the purpose of studying particular scientific problems. The ESC is governed according to bylaws, which were amended and adopted in Geneva in 2006. Following these amendments to the bylaws, the Working Groups are covered by Transitory Rules (until the ESC Executive meeting at Perugia in July 2007) in order to provide a smooth transition to the new structure. The old ESC structure which operated with a separate ESC Bureau and seven subcommissions is included here for information.

The ESC General Assemblies

The ESC organises biennial meetings, usually with 300-400 participants, 150-250 papers and fosters workshops and seminars on specific problems and topics between the Assemblies. The results of the meetings are published in proceedings and in special issues of scientific journals. Recommendations and Resolutions are adopted at each Assembly. The next General Assembly will be held in Crete, Greece, in the year 2008 (September 2008).

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September 2007

Workshop on the Numerical Modeling of Earthquake Source Dynamics, NMESD 2007
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July 2007
IUGG XXIV General Assembly
Earth, Our Changing Planet, Perugia, Italy, 2 - 13 July 2007
More information on the workshop can be found at: http://www.iugg2007perugia.it/
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September 2007
Workshop on the Numerical Modeling of Earthquake Source Dynamics, NMESD, Smolenice Castle, Slovakia, 2 - 6 September 2007
http://www.nuquake.sk/NMESD200


The ESC recommended in 1975 that a scientific body undertake the rapid (close to real-time) determination of epicentres of potentially destructive European-Mediterranean earthquakes, as well as the rapid determination of earthquakes of lesser magnitude.

This led to the establishment of the EMSC in January 1976, which is today fulfilling this task and many more. The principal aims of the EMSC are to improve cooperation and data exchange from the Atlantic Ocean to the Caspian Sea, and to provide rapid earthquake information in close collaboration with national agencies. It has 76 Institutes and Observatories as members from 49 countries.

ORFEUS (Observatories and Research Facilities for European Seismology)
Many ESC members are involved with ORFEUS (Observatories and Research Facilities for European Seismology), which acts as the centre of a network of broadband data providers, users and researchers. It operates the ORFEUS Data Centre (ODC) and provides a wide range of services, primarily access to waveform data from the European-Mediterranean area. Its co-ordination programme has been based at KNMI, Netherlands, since 1993 following its foundation at Utrecht University in 1987.

At the ESC General Assembly in Reykjavik, Bernard Dost, Director of the Data Centre, was appointed to the ESC Executive Committee. ORFEUS is governed by an international board of directors and executive committee. The board of directors, with Domenico Giardini as the president, includes Mariano García-Fernández, secretary general of ESC, and Remy Bossu, secretary general of EMSC. ORFEUS has close links with EMSC through a joint ORFEUS/EMSC coordinating committee and a scientific advisory board. For more information go to the ORFEUS home page.
The following links have been selected on the basis of the interests of the ESC community. The emphasis is on European organisations and data centres involved in seismology and geophysics.

Educational Links

NEIC-Seismology : General Seismology Information, including earthquake statistics.

NEIC-Home Page : Current earthquake information and Regional interrogation of the database.

USGS : General earthquake information, including locating earthquakes.
'Earthquakes' By Bruce Bolt: Useful explanations and animations to help students and teachers understand the book 'Earthquakes'

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Computer Programs

OHAZ: A Computer Program for Seismic Hazard Calculations.
Other links
IASPEI: Organisations and data centres registered on the IASPEI links page. EAEE: European Association for Earthquake
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